The Civil War Relicman,
Harry Ridgeway

Winchester, Virginia, USA.
Civil War (pre 1898) weapons.

Ridgeway Reference Archive, Civil War weapons.

This is the "Ridgeway Reference Archive", a research tool for educational purposes only, and is provided at no cost to the reader.   Some of the relics listed are retained in the author's collection, most reside in other collections and are not owned by the author.  None of the items listed in this section are for sale, please refer to sales listings for items offered for sale.  This is a work in progress, I list items as I get to them, there are many patterns that are not listed yet, this list will be regularly updated as I get pictures and descriptions for more items.  I will also correct mistakes, so if you see any please tell me.  All  items listed are believed to be authentic to the Civil War or as otherwise described.   Any excavated relics have been recovered from private property with owners permission.    This information is available for research purposes, pictures may be used by permission only.

All weapons listed on this webpage are strictly manufactured before 1898, and are considered unsafe for actual use.  These are antique collectible weapons of the Civil War (most are pre 1865, unless I state otherwise) and actual firing of these weapons is not recommended for any purpose whatsoever!  Because these are all "pre 1898" weapons, no licenses are required for ownership, but common sense and good judgment should be applied.

W1073     Rifled percussion musket, Remington 1863 Contract Rifle, "Zouave", 1863, .58 cal., with bayonet
Wartime manufacture, 1862 to 1865, this musket pattern is attributed to the "Zouaves", although the connection to any such unit is not proven.  It incorporated many of the features of the Model 1841, yet was produced during a much later period and designed for .58 caliber from the beginning.  Musket designed as single shot 58 cal. muzzleloader, brass contoured buttplate, brass patchbox, brass trigger guard, lockplate and hammer are similar to Model 1841, two leaf sight, two brass rounded bands are held with springs, two strap hooks affixed to trigger guard and forward band, small brass nose guard, lug on the nose for a saber bayonet, ramrod is tulip head with straight shank and threaded end, barrel is heavy and rifled for .58 cal. with 7 lands & grooves.  Lock is marked "1863" behind the hammer, with eagle over  "REMINGTON'S / ILION, N.Y. and "US" in front.  Barrel is marked "1863" and "US" (eagle) and "V P", "STEEL" on the side.  Brass buttplate is marked "US".  Two brass barrel bands are both marked "U".   Two cartouches on the wood opposite the lock indicate government inspection, additional inspector mark "BH" on the barrel, "H" on the buttplate, "S" on one band, and "P" on the lockplate and patchbox.  Bayonet markings include matching "BH" on the handle, "P" on the guard, and "C" on the blade.  Metal is outstanding, barrel is original blued, wood solid with a minimum of dings, rifling is sharp, ramrod with tulip head and threads is intact and correct, sight intact, mechanics fully functioning, with bayonet that is tight fit but correct, outstanding condition.   Barrel length 33 in., bayonet blade is 20 inches. 
Ref:  Flayderman 5E-076 (1863)  with bayonet